Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Relations in Knowledge Organization Systems

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Information - Wissenschaft und Praxis, 59 (2): 100-107 (2008)


Classical knowledge representation methods have been successfully working for years with established – but in a way restricted and vague – relations such as synonymy, hierarchy (meronymy, hyponymy) and unspecified associations. Recent developments like ontologies and folksonomies show new forms of collaboration, indexing and knowledge representation and encourage the reconsideration of standard knowledge relationships for practical use. In a summarizing overview we show which relations are currently used in knowledge organization systems (controlled vocabularies, ontologies and folksonomies) and which relations are expressed explicitly or which may be inherently hidden in them.



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